Views from a Ridge

Cynthia B. Astle

  • Church Graveyard

    Good-bye, Grace

    A friend's departure from the UMC as a result of GC2019 leaves Cynthia B. Astle wondering how many more United Methodists are "done" with the church, and if they'll ever return. Read more


  • GC2019 Scene

    Where Do We Go from Here?

    While progressive United Methodists wait for a phoenix to rise from the ashes of St. Louis, jubilant traditionalists seem unaware of their own mortal wounds. Read more


Grassroots UMC

  • Retired Pastor Helps Children Read

    The Muskogee Phoenix reports: "Retired pastor and teacher Raymond Griffin has returned to the classroom to help children read." Affiliated witth St. Paul United Methodist Church, Rev. Griffin said he had helped with the church’s summer school Project Transformation for two years when he was recruited as a volunteer reading tutor for third-graders, writes Cathy Spaulding. A reading teacher in southern Oklahoma, Rev. Griffin served as bi-vocational pastor of Bethel and Hulen United Methodist Churches for 25 years. Read more